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Thousands still without power after wind storms

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( — Thousands of St. Louis-area residents were still without power Friday, a day after storms and high winds knocked out electricity to a good portion of the region.

Ameren said Friday that nearly 44,000 customers were affected at the peak of the outages, 12,000 of them in St. Louis County. In St. Louis city, about 5,000 residences were without electricity. 

Most of the power outages in St. Louis County came from the Florissant, Normandy and Jennings areas, which were still in the dark Thursday night. 

As of 12:30 p.m. Friday, about 3,500 people in St. Louis County and 525 in the city were still without power. In the Ferguson-Florissant School District, Halls Ferry Elementary School canceled classes because of no power.

Ameren Missouri officials said they had restored power to nearly 61,000 customers over an 18-hour span. Officials with the St. Louis-based utility said all power should be restored be the end of Friday.

"We know electricity is critical to our customers’ quality of life and our crews are working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power in these windy conditions,” said vice presdident Michael Moehn.

During the center of the storm, St. Charles County had more than 2,500 outages and Franklin County had 2,000.  Warren County had 2,700 outages, which is roughly 30 percent of the customers Ameren serves there.

In the Metro East, more than 5,600 residents were in the dark in Madison County. 

The strong winds carried by the front produced gusts of more than 50 mph as it tore through the area. Residents were encouraged to call and report downed power lines, and stay away from any lines in the roadway. 

Metro trains and buses were delayed more than 30 minutes after power outages and downed trees interfered with scheduled routes.  

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